Are urinary system cancers serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Yes, urinary system cancers are serious. It is estimated that over 20,000 people in the United States die from bladder and kidney cancer each year. Even when they are not fatal, urinary system cancers can have serious consequences. For example, sometimes it is necessary to remove the entire bladder and nearby organs, such as the uterus or the prostate, to treat bladder cancer. Also, kidney failure is a potential side effect of the treatment of kidney cancer. Urinary system cancer can also spread to other parts of the body, in a process known as metastatis, causing problems beyond the urinary system, such as in the lymph nodes, the bones, or the lungs.

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